Buddhist Temple Ruin in Bagan, Myanmar
Built between the 11th and 13th centuries, the Bagan Temples were originally used as places of study. Over 10,000 temples, monasteries, pagodas, and stupas were built by the affluent citizens and rulers of Bagan, resulting in the city becoming the capital and economic center of Myanmar. Many Burmese lived within the grounds and visiting today gives a sense of revisiting the city’s vibrant past where people still tend the fields and use ox-driven carts. Over the centuries many of the buildings have fallen victim to earthquakes, time, and weathering leaving them in a state of ruin but continue to stand as a reminder of Myanmar’s prosperous past.
The Temples of Bagan are magnificent to visit. Just for the the sheer volume of temples and scenery. With over 3000 Pagodas and Temples spanning across 40 miles of land, it is truly magical to stand atop Thatbyinnyu Pahto temple to look out over the countryside and the entire complex of Bagan.
Bagan was finally listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015. Its 3,500 stupas, temples, and monasteries were built between the 11th and 13th centuries have been restored to their liking after adopting a new heritage law to preserve the complete.
Located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, Bagan is a sight to behold. You can reach Bagan by an overnight bus from Yangon or Mandalay. Flights also operate daily to Bagan from Mandalay and Yangon. But the best way to get to Bagan is by boat. Take a boat along the Irrawaddy River (officially Ayeyarwady River) from Mandalay and see life along the river with gorgeous early morning views.